Firm Profile > Burton Copeland LLP > Manchester, England

Burton Copeland LLP
M40 5AG

Crime: general Tier 1

Burton Copeland LLP handles work across the full spectrum of criminal law, from serious and organised crime to road traffic offences. Its road traffic department deals with cases ranging from routine offences to death by dangerous driving. The team acts for the Police Federation and handles investigations and proceedings against members of the medical profession. Louise Straw is noted for her expertise in sexual abuse and historic sexual assault cases. She jointly heads the practice with Gwyn Lewis and Daniel Weed, who focuses on representing police officers. Michael Mackey is also noted.


‘Burton Copeland are an exceptionally well-known and well-regarded crime and regulatory law firm. They are uniquely positioned in the marketplace to offer a range of services to professionals alleged to have committed criminal offences and breaches of the various standards of professional behaviour and codes of ethics.’

‘An exceptionally strong team of litigators.’

‘Well respected, knowledgeable and vastly experienced. The team embrace new and innovative digital systems to streamline effort, focus attention on areas of the case which would most benefit from it and deliver a first class service to the client. Highly organised and efficient.’

Key clients

Legal Insurance Management Ltd (Panel)

Arc Insurance (Panel)

All Med Professionals (DAS) (Panel)

Fostering Association (Panel)

ARAG Insurance (Panel)

Police Federation (Panel)

Crime: fraud Tier 2

The fraud & regulatory team at Burton Copeland LLP has extensive knowledge of FCA, SFO, CIB and HMRC investigations, and also defends allegations of money laundering, mortgage fraud, revenue fraud, VAT fraud and insider trading. Other key areas of work include confiscation and asset recovery. Consultant Mike Mackey is the key name to note.

Other key lawyers:

The firm: Operating from the office in Manchester, an extensive team of committed lawyers offers unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise operating a 24-hour, 365 days a year response. The Firm was once again awarded Crime Team of the Year 2019 at the Manchester Law Society Legal Awards having won both Crime and Regulatory Team on a number of previous occasions and was awarded Best Law Firms 2019 in The Times (in association with Statista). Two members of the current team are Past Presidents of Manchester Law Society and both Louise Straw and Gwyn Lewis are Council Members and Chair the Legal Education Committee and the Crown and Magistrates Committee respectively for the Society. The Firm is one of the largest Legal Aid Crime Providers, holds a very high cost cases accreditation and has a large private client department.

Types of work undertaken
General and serious crime:The firm offers advice on all aspects of criminal and related investigations and proceedings, representing clients in every level of tribunal, acting in many of the major trials involving the most serious of offences. The Firm stands out for its expertise in the defence of historical sexual offences. The firm has developed a pre-eminent specialism in the defence of historic sexual offences.

Business crime and fraud: the business crime team undertakes cases involving corporate fraud, VAT irregularities, HMRC investigations, money laundering, confiscation and asset recovery, BIS (DTI) investigations, copyright/trade mark investigations, money laundering, bribery and corruption and mortgage fraud. A niche unit provides representation for allegations of breaches of trading standards regulations and was successful in this area in defending a kitchen entrepreneur in the largest ever prosecution of its kind in the UK.

Regulatory law: the firm is involved in the defence of all investigations, including inquests, and prosecutions for breaches of health and safety regulations and breaches brought by other regulators such as the Environment Agency, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Security Industry Authority and Gangmasters Licensing Authority. An area of growth has been in firearms certificate appeals representing members of the National Rifle Association. The firm has been involved in the longest running inquests in UK history which attracted worldwide publicity.

Medical and nursing care: the growth in recent years of criminal allegations against medical and nursing staff, especially in relation to the regulation of care homes by the Care Quality Commission, has resulted in the firm regularly being instructed by both representative bodies and individuals to advise and support through criminal investigations and proceedings.

Professional discipline: a specialist team provides a national service in representing members of professional and public service bodies including the representation of doctors, pharmacists, teachers, dentists and nurses in relation to regulatory and misconduct issues and criminal investigations and proceedings, backed up by the considerable focus and expertise of the main practice.

Road traffic: clients who are alleged to have committed offences in this topical area of law are represented by a dedicated unit,, providing a specialist and effective service with an enviable reputation in the successful defence of the full spectrum of motoring offences including speeding, dangerous driving, driving under the influence, mobile phone use, VOSA investigations and a niche specialisation in taxi regulation.

Clients: clients range from government departments, public service bodies, small to medium business enterprises, national corporations, healthcare professionals, leading individuals from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment to the private individual confronted by the police, Crown Prosecution Service and other prosecuting authorities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Crown Court Louise Straw
Magistrates Daniel Weed
Road traffic Gwyn Lewis
Business crime/fraud Erin Cowley
Professional discipline Charlotte Ellis
Professional discipline Daniel Weed
Inquests and Public Enquiries Jonathan Wall
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tim Andrew  photo Tim Andrew Consultant, 20 years qualified, is exceptionally experienced in a wide range of…
 Karl Benson  photo Karl Benson Solicitor – Karl is a duty solictor with the firm with a…
 Aidan Carr  photo Aidan Carr Consultant – Aidan has particular expertise in the area of healthcare regulation,…
 Samantha Corcoran  photo Samantha Corcoran Solicitor – Samantha is based in the Magistrates Court Department where she…
 Suzanne Dooley  photo Suzanne Dooley A Partner in the firm, Suzanne has over 15 years experience providing…
 Charlotte Ellis  photo Charlotte Ellis Charlotte is a specialist regulatory lawyer representing regulated professional clients, acting for…
 Gwyn Lewis  photo Gwyn Lewis The lead principal and head of Burton Copeland LLP’s specialist road traffic…
 Michael Mackey  photo Michael Mackey In a career spanning 40 years, Mike has specialied in criminal law.…
Mr Robert Moussalli  photo Mr Robert Moussalli Solicitor and Head of Youth Crime Department
 Elizabeth Ann Ridgway  photo Elizabeth Ann Ridgway A Partner in the firm, Elizabeth specialises in providing advice and representation…
 Louise Straw  photo Louise Straw Louise is the current Managing Partner of the firm and also heads…
 Nick Terry  photo Nick Terry Nick is a partner in the firm and his experience covers a…
 Peter Damian Wall  photo Peter Damian Wall Damian is a partner in the firm and works in the crown…
 Daniel Richard Weed  photo Daniel Richard Weed Equity Partner and Compliance Officer for Legal Practice of the firm, Daniel…
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15